USDA Will No Longer Allow Salmonella in Breaded, Stuffed Chicken
This is a major step for food safety, CR experts say
The Department of Agriculture announced Monday that it plans to consider salmonella in raw frozen, breaded, chicken products an adulterant. This means that producers of these products will not be able to legally sell them if they contain the bacteria and that companies must recall meat that could be contaminated, even if no illnesses are clearly linked to it.
This is the first time a foodborne pathogen has been declared an adulterant in chicken. Currently, only toxin-producing E. coli strains, such as E. coli 0157:H7, are considered adulterants, and only in ground beef.